This was one of my first shows! Despite being a fan since '94, my show number is nothing compared to most of you all. I see them when I can, but I just don't get to go to that many shows. And I'll always associate this night with my realization of, "Whoa, so this is what being at one of those Phish shows is like."Cool story Hansel! Friend of mine went to the show two nights after where they played Layla. Fun times.
My buddy and I decided to drive up to Worcester from Connecticut and back for the first two nights of the weekend, which was a big deal for us at the time because we were 16 and had responsible, protective parents. But we got to do it and we were killing time at the mall right by the Centrum. I remember a bunch of phans were messing with the people who made announcements over the PA system, having them page "Suzy Greenberg" and "Reba" and "Harry Hood."
We were cruising around the toy store and found a display of those wiggly Bumble Ball things that actually played "Wipe Out" while they vibrated and we were playing with them, setting a bunch of them off at once. After that, we had the song stuck in our heads all afternoon and we started laughing about how crazy it would be "if Phish played Wipe Out tonight." Little did we know. When it not only came busting out, but kept coming back over and over... Unreal. We were losing our minds!! For some reason our seats weren't together that time either, so we were in totally separate sections each going bonkers, which made it even more magical.
Very special night for me.
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